Tom Kirley



Tom is currently a member of the RDS Committee of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, a member of the Foundation Board, and on the Council of the RDS. He also serves on the Board of the Gorta Group and chairs its Nominations Committee.

Tom was Director of Knowledge Transfer and Education in Teagasc prior to his retirement, having served as Acting Director, Director of Administration and Head of Advisory Services. He holds a B Agr Sc degree from the National University of Ireland, UCD, and a M Agr Sc degree from Massey University, New Zealand.

On behalf of the RDS he led the Climate-Smart Agriculture Leadership Forum collaboration with the Institute for International and European Affairs (IIEA). This resulted in the publication of the joint report A Climate-Smart Pathway for Irish Agricultural Development – Exploring the Leadership Opportunity. This report was launched by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in July 2016.